NIIT Sponsors Training Program for Plant and Marine Design Professionals

Innovative Community Outreach Offered Free of Charge to Unemployed

ATLANTA - July 21, 2009 - NIIT (, a global leader in learning and talent development, today announced its partnership with Intergraph , a leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software, and the Society of Piping Engineers and Designers (SPED) to offer a no cost course Smart Career Program for Design Professionals, for unemployed plant and marine design professionals, utilizing Intergraph new-generation Smart 3D solutions.

An avid believer in giving back to a myriad of communities, especially during times of economic hardship, NIIT adds this program to a long list of innovative outreach opportunities which educate current and future workforces in areas of specialized training.

We consider ourselves humanitarians first and educators second because everything we do is influenced by making our world a better place though the opportunities provided by training, said Sapnesh Lalla, Sr. Vice President and Business Unit Head at NIIT. This program is critical to keeping an already talented workforce up-to-date on their industry advancements, thereby making the workers more attractive to potential employers once the market rights itself.

The five-day program is a free opportunity providing new process, power and marine design skills for anyone currently unemployed who has worked previously in the plant and marine design sector. Blending Intergraph popular Smart 3D Virtual Training program with instructor assistance, practice labs, tutorials and user access to hardware and software, the course keeps the already experienced - but currently unemployed - workforce familiar with the latest technological advancements.

Four weeks of sessions taking place at Intergraph Houston training facility were announced for the remainder of 2009. For more information and to register please visit

Attendees are able to select from four modeling disciplines, including: piping, electrical, structural and HVAC. Participants are required to have experience using software such as PDS, PDMS, AutoCAD, MicroStation, PlantSpace, AutoPLANT, Rebis, Plant 4D and COADE